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>> larry: so happy we could make your night tonight. >> what? you asked me a question. >> larry: thanks, bill. >> pleasure. >> larry: bill maher. he returns to hbo friday night, he'll be appearing for two nights at tin las vegas septemb 25th and 26th. tomorrow night, supreme court justice steven briar will be here in this studio. time now for "ac 360" and anderson cooper. anderson cooper. anderson? -- captions by vitac -- thanks for joining us, everyone. breaking news, results coming in and a majorup set already from the last primaries of 2010, a tea party victory that could jeopardize republican chances of winning control of the senate in fall. seven states and the district of columbia holding primaries today. what used to be the final
policemen faprelim fair preliminaries, new hampshire, delaware, john king's got an early look at the results. john? >> beginning in delaware, a big tea party upset there, and we're watching, there could be more in the works tonight. christine o'donnell, written off as a fringe tea party candidate, she is your winner tonight for the republican nomination in the state of delaware, and she won convincingly, dae feating a man who won 12 times in delaware, mike castle. only 47% for the establishment candidate, mike cattlstle. christine o'donnell, 53% of the vote, now the republican nominee. tonight, anderson, national republicans tepid about this. democrats say she's out of the mainstream. she will be the tea party and republican candidate in november. a potential upset as well brewing in the state of new
hampshire. former attorney general kelly ayotte, and ovide lamontagne, he has the backing of some tea party elements. let's break down the numbers, this count is starting to increase. we're now up to 19%, lamontagne has been holding this percentage lead, 45% to 36%. this, too, would be a stunning upset from the right. kelly ayotte, conservative, mr. lamontagne, though, running a more conservative campaign. we'll keep watching this in new hampshire. this race, this is the republican nomination for the seat of the retiring republican senator, judd gregg. republicans must keep this seat if they have any chance to take back the senate in november. this one could be another big tea party surprise, the state of new york. rick lazio, he is the establishment favorite to be the republican candidate, developer carl paladino, very early results here in new york, let's take a look at the numbers.
rick lazio trailing, 72% for the tea party candidate, carl paladino at the moment. 28% for rick lazio. just 7% of the vote in there, but on a night like this, we've seen it happen in delaware, it could be happening in new hampshire, we'll keep an eye on new york. >> that's huge, 72%. do we know where that's coming from? are those kind of skewed based on where it's coming from in the state? >> we don't know yet, that's where we're breaking down as they come in. you're in new york city, it's a big diverse state, we have to be very careful when the numbers are in down below 7%. but paladino, a tea party candidate running against the establishment, that's a good start. long way to go. >> do we know about the rangel race? >> haven't seen results on that one yet, and, of course, that is a dramatic primary. he's seeking his 21st term and as you know he's facing a dozen ethics charges here and a shot, a chance, although most people believe rangel will pull it out, a chance for adam clayton powell iv. >> we're going to follow this
all of this over the next hour or so, into the next hour as well. let goes to jessica yellin. she's at o'donnell headquarters in dover, delaware. a lot of happy people there tonight. >> reporter: they're elated, anderson. folks say they expected this, but once we put the numbers up, they boogie danced behind me. they were so pleased with the victory they've picked up here. i talked to people in the crowd. they say this is a message to the republican establishment. this is a quote, no more back room deals. a campaign aide said, this is proof grassroots america is alive and well. the point is the republican party took out the trash on this candidate. they are on the record saying she is not electable. the chair of the party here in the state said she cannot win. and yet she did go ahead and get this victory tonight. those words will be used against them, no doubt, in the coming general election, anderson. >> do we know if mike castle
plans to endorse her? >> reporter: well, that does seem to be an open question. we're getting word she's going to come out in a few minutes just so you know what's happening behind me. castle was asked earlier today before all this if he would even call her tonight, if he loses, he did not say yes. and we're told she's waiting back there because she wanted to get a concession call from him. i've gotten, i have no reason to believe that that's happened, and i don't know that an endorsement will be forthcoming. democrats think in its essence that they've won the senate seat tonight. they wouldn't say it that way, but bottom line, this is a victory, they think, for democrats. they're convinced she cannot win in the general election. many national republicans think that, too, and they just don't want to invest time, resources or money in her campaign. >> jessica, stay tuned. i want to bring in our panel, but when she comes out and begins speaking, we'll bring some of that to you just so you can get a sense of who this woman is. probably a lot of folks have never heard her talk. this say big surprise probably
to a lot of people nationally, but just a fascinating race we've been following now. our political panel is with us for the duration tonight, paul bega begala, eric erickson, he's the recent author of "red state uprising, how to take back america," john ridly, and kate zernky, author of "boiling over inside tea party america." paul, first of all, is this for democrats, for you, good news tonight in the state of delaware? you imagine you think it is. want to read to our viewers what the national republican senatorial committee which worked to stop o'donnell, quote, we congratulate christine o'donnell for her nomination this evening after a hard-family primary campaign in delaware. this is one of the most tepid things i've ever heard. have the republicans shot themselves in the foot in delaware? >> they have, but let me be more
gracious. congratulations to ms. o'donnell, she won fair and square against former governor and current congressman, that's a very big deal. i would note the statement you read was from a staffer, not even the chairman, john cornyn, the senator from texas. democrats think this is obviously a very good development for them. i wouldn't count any chickens in this year when the democrats look like they're not going to do very well, but when the state republican chairman is on the record calling the candidate now of his party a, quote, a liar, let me get it right. a liar who has trouble paying her bills and later says she's unfit even to be elected dog catcher, i think it's pretty good fodder for the democratic party. she should be congratulated, i certainly hope congressman castle has the good manners to call her, concede and congratulate her. but it's a, i think -- look. if you look at the polling, mike castle was winning against a democrat candidate in 11 points in a poll that came out this week. she was trailing by nine in the
same poll. so it's a 20-point swing for the democrats. that can't be bad for my side. >> eric, you wrote on your blog, quote, i would rather die 1,000 times while being torn limb from limb than see mike castle win. you also managed to work in reference to "the truth of cats and dogs" but i'll leave that for a tease for anyone who wants to go to your blog and read that. but a lot of prominent republicans disagree with you. thi they think she's going to lose, and republicans are one vote shy of a majority in the senate, you won't complain? >> i won't complain at all. the delaware race, what a lot of people miss, there is infighting on the republican side between people who think we need to have the majority and forgot what we did with it the last time that wasn't so great, and people who think we need to push the gop in the senate to the right. and in two years we've got a very good shot at picking up the senate. you know, we can get the senate without delaware, but we can't
get the senate and have the republicans move to the right with people like mike castle. >> kate, i want to also play -- paul referenced it. i want to play the clip one of these robocalls that went out from o'donnell's former campaign manager from two years before. this say live picture at o'donnell headquarters, when she starts to speak beyond the thank yous, we're going to take you there. so maybe we'll continue to show the live picture throughout, but i want to play some of this robocall that went out. this is kind of unheard of, or i haven't heard of it for a while. >> i got into politics because i believe in conservative values and wanted to make a difference. but i was shocked to learn that christine o'donnell is no conservative. you see, this is her third senate race in five years. as o'donnell's manager, i found out that she was living on campaign donations, using them for rent and personal expenses while leaving her workers unpaid and piling up thousands in debt. >> o'donnell's campaign says, those are blatantly false and
absurd. >> for months people have been saying, oh, the tea party is just astroturf it's just these big republican establishment groups, this is all fake, grassroots, if anything proves this is grassroots, this is not the republican, this is not a republican front, this group does. if new hampshire goes for lamontag lamontagne, it shows the power of organizing -- >> the other candidate has the endorsement of sarah palin. >> that's another myth about the tea party we need to understand, which is they don't always follow what sarah palin does. they like her but they don't necessarily follow her endorsements. >> john, what surprises you tonight so far? >> i was surprised how well she did. not just that she won but won with a sizeable margin, and more than anything else it really says it's not about democrat, it's not about republicans, it's really about this incumbent we want these folks out. and i think it's going to be interesting moving on now for the republicans to have to deal with -- you saw trent lott over the weekend talking about how do
we co-opt these spriindividuals. they're going to be a wild card and it's going to be a very interesting fall. >> in new hampshire, what would it say if the candidate that sarah palin endorsed did not actually win? >> i think that's a good point, i can't wait to read the book with the tea party because it's not sarah palin's movement although she has played i think a pivotal role as a cat lialystr more of the obscure candidates. the i guess establishment candidate, the palin candidate, kelly ayotte, the attorney general, is certainly quite conservative, but then ovide lamontagne is backed by the ultra conservative leader and jim demint, the conservative in the senate. it's a tough story line. but if lamontagne pulls it out, you have to chak it up on the grass roots side of the ledger.
the corporate party, they always nominate the oldest white guy in the room. now, this time they're nominating the age griest white person in the room, the most extreme person in the room. and it's exciting for me, just as an analyst to watch. >> eric, in new hampshire, could either republican candidate beat the democratic candidate? >> very much so. much better odds in new hampshire for either ayotte or lamontagne than o'donnell in delaware. the interesting thing, if ayotte wins in new hampshire, there are going to be a lot of conservatives -- i've been raising this point for a month, even though i support o'donnell, resources might have been better spent in new hampshire over lamontagne where the tea party candidates had a shot of getting their guy to washington where they don't have so much of a shot in delaware. we continue to wait for o'donnell to come out and speak, we've got the flas new hampshire, fascinating races in new york, the rick lazio race, but also the charlie rangel
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let's go live to o'donnell headquarters, christine o'donnell i'm told has just come out, taking the stage. let's see what she has to say. >> thank you. thank you so much, everyone. we worked hard to be here. i cannot thank you enough for that. ladies and gentlemen, the people of delaware have spoken. no more politics as usual. i can't thank you enough, because you guys partnered with me, believed in me from the beginning. stood with me in the face of adversity. and because of that, we are here tonight. you believed in me, and i cannot thank you enough. thank you so much. i want to specifically thank all of our volunteers. we have an army of volunteers
who are committed to a cause greater than themselves. if i could quote christina, our volunteer coordinator, where is she? get over here! i read -- i think she has every single one of your phone numbers in her cell phone. on speed dial. and she's going to be calling you a lot. but if i could quote something that i read from her in a recent newspaper article, she said, it's more of a cause than a campaign. and the cause is restoring america. because america -- [ applause ] the america we're fighting for is worth restoring.
i want to share a story with you about a gentleman that i spoke with named george right here at this elks lodge. but before i get to that story, i want to finish thanks -- i can't thank everyone by name because we'd be here till midnight because so many people have sacrificed so hard. but i specifically want to thank the 9/12 patriots for stirring things up in delaware, the founders values group, and all of the delaware tea party groups. >> let's bring back our panelest, paul begala, john ridley, kate zernike. she talks about freedom works, they did not support her saying it was counterproductive because they didn't think she could win in a general election, why do you think it's worthwhile? why is the cause more important
than getting the seat? >> you've got to understand, for a lot of people, particularly the tea party movement, that is anger directed at washington. a lot of people have said it's anger directed at democrats or barack obama, it's anger directed at washington. you as a republican cannot harness it without also having to deal with it on your side. we may have gotten christine o'donnell in delaware who may lose in november. the odds are against her in the polling. but in the process, republicans also got people like marco rubio and rand paul in kentucky, all of whom are looking good in the polls. republicans in washington have really misjudged the mood of the tea party movement thinking they could co-opt it when the tea party wants to burn them down as much as the democrats. >> it's got to be scary for mainstream republicans sitting here watching this tonight. >> it's fascinating, she says this is a cause greater than themselves. this is what you hear when you talk to tea party activists. they talk about this as the most
important thing they've done with their lives, to them it is a cause, to them it's all about moving the republican party to the right. >> for me, i still -- i understand it's a cause, i'm still waiting for people to define that cause. when they say it's restoring america, restoring honor, to me that harkens back to sort of the '66 midterm elections when you hear people, whoa, government's going too far, but where it is going to far, on civil rights and things like that. so this is great, i'm always excited to see another party, i'm not crazy about the two-party system, but what does that restoring mean? >> let me press that point, because this is what's been so interesting about so many things about ms. o'donnell, but all the tea party candidates before her who have had any measure of success have been focused on the fiscal issues. it's the spending, stupid, is what they've been saying. occasionally they drift off to rand paul in kentucky commenting that the civil rights act probably wasn't a good idea, but mostly they talk about fiscal
issues. this woman, ms. o'donnell, at least first got on my radar screen when she went on mtv and started talking about sexual issues in a pretty remarkable way, more candid than i'm comfortable being frankly on a family network. >> it's 10:20. she was talking about masterbation. >> you liberated me. my mom is going to kill me because she's watching this, but that's a bizarre, that's not -- i've talked to people in the tea party movement, very few of them have said they want to remove the big "o" from the gop. >> paul, let me jump in and say, i think a lot of people are missing the focus here. the focus shouldn't be on christine o'donnell, even among the tea party movement, it had a lot more of beating mike castle.
i am perfectly willing to give delaware to the democrats in november to beat mike castle. >> we're willing to take it, by the way, too. >> glad for you to have it. i hope to never have to talk about delaware again. >> i want to turn to new york, because charlie rangel is pretty much in the fight of his long career facing an ethics investigation, several of them, some 13 charges. no longer chairman of the powerful ways and means compete. tonight the primary is going to determine whether he loses his seat entirely. congressman rangel is probably going to make it but facing adam clayton powell iv. he came to congress by beating powell iii, any sense there? what's the mood there? we haven't gotten the numbers yet. >> reporter: no, we haven't gotten any numbers yet. it's sort of a celebratory atmosphere, quite frankly. some already turning out in
advance of whatever those numbers may be, including new york state governor david paterson, as well as the former mayor of new york city, a very well known here in harlem, of course. we have seen charlie rangel. he hasn't gone all the way in predicting a win tonight, but talked a lot about the ethical charges against him on capitol hill. among the things he said this evening, people should not have delusions without the completion of the process -- there he is, apparently introducing yet another individual who's coming to speak. >> joe, how important -- we're going to probably lose some sound, we'll come back to joe in a little bit. let's talk to our panel. john, this is clearly the fight of his political life, and in the last couple days we saw robocalls from former president bill clinton and michael
bloomberg. >> it's a big political fight and you've got to wonder where the democrats would like this to land. if he gets taken out, all the ethics issues get put on the back burner, even though you've got bill clinton in there making those kinds of phone calls, would they not be a little happy if it just went away tonight? >> why do you think clinton and bloomberg made those calls? >> for the same reason we saw the people showing up to rangel's 80th birthday party. he's been around a long time, they feel he's deserved a certain amount of respect and he's a fixture in new york life. >> he stands a chance to win. >> i think he does but the ethics issues are real but he hasn't had a chance to answer them in the proper forum in the ethics committee, and also he's been a great congressman for harlem. he created empowerment zones which have done an awful lot of good in harlem. he persuaded bill clinton to put his office in harlem. he marched from selma to
montgomery risking his life so one day a barack obama could become president. and maybe i'm making this up, but i wonder if a little of the support rangel is getting is not the same sort of anti-establishment thing in his district. the president came in and kind of pushed charlie out. charlie wants to retire with dignity, i heard a lot of democrats say that's not his business. this is our district, we want to decide who our congressman is. so maybe there was tension within the democratic party, this time directed at the preside president. >> i don't think you can say he did a lot of good things so it excuses some of the things he's been accused of, i want to stress accused. but i remember he's been around since i was old enough to remember politics. but that doesn't mean just because of those things that he's done that he should get some kind of a pass. >> no, but he's getting votes for it and that's how you get votes -- >> you get votes for it, but i'm not in harlem, but for those of us around people, i'm in california, we've got the same situation with maxine waters.
she's done a lot for the area but at the same time, we've got to be cognizant of the fact we live up to the same standards as well. >> there's a disconnect between the national and local press. i've talked to a number of people who live in his district and no one there thinks he's going to be thrown out. everyone it seems like in washington and people i've talked to outside of his district think he's probably in for ail fight for his life, but i know very few people who live in and around his district who think that. >> we're also obviously following the race in new hampshire and also throughout new york, rick lazio, household name probably in new york. he's certainly run enough times, it looks like from the last count we got he is facing a very uphill battle tonight from a surprise challenger, paladino. we'll check in with john king, crunch the numbers, more with our panel, continue with updates and analysis all the way through the midnight hour. tom foreman also with the last-minute political theater, looking at the ads that have been running. are they truthful?
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king who's been loaning clo inl at these races. >> a lot more evidence that the voters are sending a message to all politicians but including within the republican party. let's start with the biggest upset, delaware, here's your winner, christine o'donnell, tea party favorite. written off as a long shot fringe candidate weeks ago, she is the republican senate nominee in the state of delaware tonight. let's break down the numbers. she will run for the seat long held by joe biden, defeating a man who won 12 times statewide, michael castle, 47%, christine o'donnell sending a clear message to the republican establishment in her state and nationally. she is now the republican nominee for senate in the state of delaware. let's move to new hampshire, kelly ayotte, the former state attorney general, the establishment favorite, ovide lamontagne, conservative activist in the state. she was the favorite heading in, but we look at perhaps another message here, this as paul
begala noted, sarah palin backed ayotte, only 36% of the vote for her. 44% for mr. lamontagne. a lot of conservatives telling us they believe radio ads criticizing kelly ayotte for supporting sonia sotomayor for the supreme court could be the difference if these numbers hold up. still only 20% of the vote in. we need to stay on top of that. this could be a stunner. people have been saying when will the new york republican party get its act together? rick lazio was supposed to be the candidate who would have a decent chance in the fall running for governor, developer carl paladino, a tea party candidate in this race, look at these numbers. it's still early in new york, but let's look at the numbers. 66% for carl paladino. 34% for rick lazio. mr. paladino saying he's establishment, you don't like it, he also has campaigned on the theme that if he is the next governor of new york, he would seize by eminent domain the site
of that proposed cultural center near ground zero. this could be another stunning viory for the tea party tonight. two other races we're watching, one is here in the district of columbia, the mayoral race, adrian fenty versus vincent gray, many african-americans in the city say he's forgotten his base. this one could send a national message on education reform. and one more we're watching tonight is in harlem, in new york city, charlie rangel seeking a 21st term in the house of representatives. adam clayton powell the lead in that race. charlie rangel hoping to overcome not only the challenge from mr. powell and others but those ethics charges he faces when he comes back to washington in the house of representatives, anderson. >> we'll check back in when we get new numbers. eric erickson, what do you
make of the 13% of precincts reporting, but 66% in favor of paladino. what do you attribute that to? >> disenchantment with the new york gop. chairman cox up there has been frankly i think terrible for the new york gop. the republicans in new york have failed to get strong challengers for chuck schumer or gillibrand, across the state, republicans have been complaining about the state gop. if paladino is able to pick off lazio, it's a clear signal, i think, that finally the republican base is fed up with the gop, that they've gone basically thrown scozzafava out, as a lot of them are telling me. >> lazio is pretty much a household name. of these two, he was well known, he's run for an awful lot of races and he tried to latch on to the mosque, the islamic center near ground zero as an
issue, but he didn't have much room on that because paladino was talking about using eminent domain, which lazio wasn't going there. >> rick lazio, popular congressman when he was in the house of representatives, one would think, at least a democrat would think, he'd be beloved by new york conservatives because he's the man who ran against hillary clinton. he came in second but he ran a credible, i guess, campaign. but eric's making a good point here. up and down the ballot, new york republicans have seemed to be unable to field good candidates. i actually thought lazio was the most talented of the candidates they found and it looks like they may well bounce him off the ballot. i will note that the democratic nominee for governor there is andrew cuomo, former housing secretary, really, really, i think, strong favorite to win that race. >> i think the question is, do you -- if you're the republican, do you want to win this primary? because chances are -- atdictin anything, but chances are you're not going to do very well up
against cuomo. >> last year we thought of an obscure congressional district race in new york's 23rd district last year. this was a defining race for the tea party, and they really, you know, they put all their passion into that, that was their first sort of race where they thought about, how do we organize? how do we win? they came so close with doug hoffman, the conservative third party candidate, that they pushed the moderate republican from the race three days before election day. they went on to win the scott brown race. they've been doing this over and over and over, and they're discovering again and again the power of organizing. >> we've just been listening to kate zernike, i got the name of your book wrong, the book is "boiling mad, inside tea party america." we'll have more from the panel from this hour and into the next hour as the results come in. we're sticking with this thing. we'll bring you late primary results, christine o'donnell upset, some very tough ads, and tom foreman has been checking the forms in the "360 political
theater." >> reporter: the home stretch of the final primaries has been very ugly, and nowhere has it been rougher than in the place we've been talking about all night, delaware. the republican senate race there turned into a steel cage death match here, christine o'donnell has triumphed, but only after trading body blows with congressman mike castle. look how they led up to the vote tonight. >> she didn't pay thousands in income taxes. had to be sued by a university for thousands in unpaid bills. defaulted on her mortgage. she ran up a huge campaign debt and left vendors and staff unpaid. while using campaign funds to pay her own rent and personal expenses. michael castle is attacking working class christine o'donnell, supporting are the obama agenda. billion-dollar bailouts. michael castle, yes, o'donnell will fight them. keeping cuts in medicare, castle for it, o'donnell against it. the cap and trade energy tax,
castle yes, o'donnell says no way. >> reporter: we don't have time to go through every point there, i will say, however, that her financial problems have been grabbing a good many headlines. she's denied any impropriety, but keeping them honest, he did not support president obama's health care reform as claimed in her ad. of course, it doesn't matter now because he's out. >> and i've noticed that in a good many places candidates are using the fact that voters are watching this primary to try to position themselves for the general election. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely, anderson. you can see that all over the place. we have a good number of instances in which republicans are attacking democrats for too much spending, democrats calling republicans the party of no. that's stan dard fare, but one is lighting up the internet for plain goofiness. out in california, republican john dennis is trying to take the seat held by nancy pelosi. if you want to have an idea of the tone we're going to see in the next eight weeks, look at
how he's portraying her. >> hello, my pretties. i will save you from those evil republicans. but first, pay $18,000 a month for my downtown office. and then go into massive debt for wall street bailouts. and here are my monkeys to make you pay for it all. >> step back, everyone. >> oh, i'm melting. >> thank you for saving us. who are you? >> i'm john dennis, i'm running for congress. >> reporter: political analysts, by the way, are giving him very little chance of winning that seat, but maybe there could be an oscar in his future. >> it's certainly getting coverage for that commercial. our primary coverage continues tonight, we're looking live at charlie rangel headquarters where the 80-year-old congressman is facing the biggest challenge in three decades. what first responders said
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i'm told we're getting numbers on the charlie rangel race in new york. john, what are you hearing? >> early numbers, let's break them down. charlie rangel, the chairman incumbent, one, two, three, four, five challengers in this race and that could be a factor as we go forth. let's look at the early numbers coming in. charlie rangel's congressional district in harlem, 46% for him at the moment, 23% for his lead challenger, adam clayton powell iv. i want to make this point early, this is early, so this all could go away, but here you have the incumbent under 50% right now, 46% of the vote, the lead challenger with half that, 23% of the vote. that big crowd field could be a factor in this race as we get up higher, but only 6% at the moment, charlie rangel holding on. we'll keep counting them. >> we'll check in with john and have more with our panel, we're live all the way through into the midnight, just bringing you the latest results. we are covering other stories as well. we'll have information on the american hiker who has been released from iran, two others
still being held. we'll have that in our next hour. but right now, newly-released audio recorders from last thursday's deadly gas explosion in san bruno, california. at least four people died in the blast fire and the fire that followed. the tapes of conversations between dispatchers and firefighters reveal the terror, the confusion, as crews arrived on the scene and these pictures yesterday for the first time really giving you a ground's eye view as you -- as you'll hear, the firefighters thought basically early on that an airliner had gone down. listen. >> this sen gin 77, we're headed north on bay front expressway. there is a large fire approximately at the redwood san carlos border, large, must be 50-foot flames in the air. >> there's a plane down, we're getting multiple responses started. >> we've got multiple houses, we're trying to get close. we have extreme heat. we have possibly several blocks on fire at this time. >> call a fourth alarm for this.
it appears we have a plane down in the neighborhood. multiple structures on fire, and we have a fire ball still coming out. >> it took more than an hour before everyone knew it wasn't a plane down but a ruptured gas line burning. that's the after pictures, five days after the disaster. officials are continuing to search for the reason why. and as families mourn those who die, many say the utility at the center of the tragedy isn't doing enough. dan simon is live in an bruno. >> reporter: that is the charred debris behind us, we're 150 yards from the blast site, and just from where we are, you can tell how hot this fire was. take a look at this volvo car right here, totally melted talt, side of the car is melted. you've got a van here, also with a lot of heat damage. the good news is you have a lot of people back in their homes. basically what the city did is color-tagged all the homes in the neighborhood. if have you a green tag, you're
good to go. can you go back in your house. they have the power and gas back on. but if you have a yellow tag over here, it means your house has damage, you're not allowed to live in your house. you can pull some things out and then leave. and then if you have a red tag it means your house is destroyed, obviously you're not going near your house. meanwhile, we're five days into this, and we're still getting some powerful firsthand accounts today for the first time. listen to these first responders. >> what the [ muted ] was that? >> a fireball, the sound, the noise of it was deafening, it was very loud. it sounded very much like it could have been a jet airplane engine still running. and as we took the turn, there were citizens fleeing the street, running up the hill. san bruno police department was arriving on scene. it was very chaotic. cars were driving, trying to get out of the street, and we were trying to make our way into the fire.
>> what's the latest on the investigation? >> reporter: there's still -- there's still this lingering question, was there the smell of the gas in the neighborhood, did the utility crews come out and investigate? obviously we've heard neighbors say that, but pg&e have gone back and looked at records over the last several weeks, phone records, dispatches, and they say they see no evidence of that. the ntsb, they're also investigating, and they say this issue of whether or not there was a gas leak is a very powerful component of their investigation. we heard from them earlier tonight. take a look. >> one of the things we're trying to find out is, was the pipe, did it fail catastrophically? or did it fail as a pin hole leak with gas coming out, meeting air and having a spark
someplace. if it fcarophd , unly a >> reporter: the ntsb has asked people to e-mail them, to say that they called the utility company, called pg&e and said there was a problem. at this point, they say they've received 90 e-mails, but guess what? only one person said that they called pg&e to report a gas smell. so, anderson, this notion that there was this big concern in the neighborhood over a gas smell, over a gas leak, at this point, not a whole lot of evidence to support that. >> we had one person in the neighborhood saying that folks in the neighborhood had complained about it, that somebody had called, the one we talked to didn't know who, and he had seen a crew come out but never got resolution on what did. dan simon, appreciate it. a lot more to cover. is isha has more. a bomb shuts down the eiffel
tower tonight while police investigated a threat made by telephone. in the end, no device was found. a flash fire at a tennessee manufacturing plant injured at least six people this afternoon. three of them critically. the plant contracts with the military to make decoy flares which are said to be flammable but not explosive. an air traffic controller who was on a personal phone call shares much of the blame for the collision of a small plane and helicopter over the hudson river between new york and new jersey last year. that conclusion in a federal report released today. nine people were killed in the collision. and, anderson, i know it's the news you've been waiting for, jennifer lopez will be one every time new judges on the upcoming season of "american idol." >> yes! my dreams have been answered. >> i know. she signed a deal worth $12 million a month after an initial deal fell apart. we're still waiting to hear who her fellow judges will be, especially now that simon cowell and ellen degeneres have left. >> so is she going to be the
mean one now that powell is gone? probably not. she seems like a nice person. >> she does, but what i say is jenny's leave fg the block heading to "american idol" which means, anderson, you're going to have to wait longer for her next musical offering. thank the lord. >> miss paula abdul, i miss the weeping, the rambling, the incoherence, i miss it all. >> the slightly glazed look, whatever your name is. great performance. >> not even sure who was performing. i love it. >> stick with j. lo. i'll get you through this. >> back to the late primary results next, also tonight getting closer, big day in the big bid to rescue the trapped miners in chile. ice 1) we've detected an anomaly...
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♪ really interesting night of politics here, we're covering throughout this hour and into the next hour through 12:00. big upset in delaware, major tea party victory, major developments in new york in the republican governor's primary, carl paladino piling up votes against rick lazio with about a third of the precincts reporting. let's bring back the panel and senior analyst david gergen, john ridley, kate zernike.
david, we haven't heard from you tonight, obviously a big night for tea party candidates. >> it was, and the results were reverberating all the way here to texas. people are buzzing about this because it's the clearest rebellion we've had all season, the biggest anti-establishment vote that's occurring against republican candidates. i think there's one clear result out of delaware is the chances of republicans now gaining the senate have gone down significantly. delaware was an automatic pickup for republicans before mike castle went down. i'll tell you, anderson, for moderate republicans who are thinking about a future in the gop, this doesn't -- when mike castle goes down, who's been a popular governor, been a member of congress for many years, when he goes down to a tea party candidate, you've got a real insurgency going on in the party and it's leaving a lot of moderate republicans shaking
their heads tonight. >> how does this play out in general elections? the amount of voter turnout is pretty low. you look at numbers from delaware, we're talking about this huge upset, maybe 50,000 voters altogether who voted so far. >> it's interesting, the thing i was thinking, too, we talked about the rand paul race in kentucky and we all thought that was going to be the huge tea party victory of the season and that looks relatively tame compared to this. this has been a crazy race between the republicans and the teat part tea party. again, we never know, but -- >> one thing they have going, we know it's about the enthusiasm gap and right now with the tea party and with this -- whether it's anger or frustration, how much you want to couch it, there's enthusiasm there. you look on the democratic side, they did a pew study, if you could use one word to describe your feelings for the president, it's disappointment. there's just so much disappointment out there. what does it mean for governing
going on if right now we have all of this rancor, if we have no more moderates, how are the government function? 2012? >> i keep hearing are the use of the word "moderate" and by definition, i think moderate means a liberal who happens to have an "r" flex to his name because we never talk about liberal republicans. mike castle to me was a liberal. there's a larger story that i think a lot of us are missing about the tea party. mr. lawler just got the nomination in one of the maryland seats. it is the republican establishment across the country that's been backing the old white guys and the tea party activists who have nominated the fifth african-american congressional nominee in maryland tonight, tim scott in south carolina, ryan frasier in colorado, marco rubio over crist, nikki haley in south carolina, it's the grassroots picking the nonwhite guys and it's the establishment republicans picking the white
guys. frankly as one of those grassroots republicans in the trenches for a while, i think it's hilarious. >> a lot more on that subject, and definitely want to because i think a lot of folks want to weigh in on that. we'll do that when we continue. more breaking news from tonight's primaries and washington taking on bp. the lawsuit against the company, details on that after the break. . . full-time moms... and everyone who is good at something but wants to be great. welcome to kaplan university. the university that's changing the face of education... to undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees... degrees that can give you a leg up... in a tough job market... in any job market... welcome. welcome to kaplan university. call kaplan university now or visit us on-line to take our free learning assessment.
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-- captions by vitac -- updating the breaking news, primary results coming in from the district of the columbia, we'll have our panel in just a few moments and john king with the latest results. a quick check of some other stories with isha sesay, and a 360 bulletin. >> hi there again, anderson. the obama administration is mapping out its plans to sue bp. it's likely to claim civil daniels from bp for the massive oil spill under the oil pollution act and the clean water act. other companies involved in the spill may face suit as well. france has outlawed veils that cover the face, including the burka worn by some muslim women to cover their entire body. the lower house of parliament already approved the bill. the law could take effect next spring. gold futures hit a record
high today, settling at $1,271 an ounce. investors often flock to the safety of gold when they're skittish about the overall prospects of the global economy. and drilling has resumed, trying to reach 33 miners who have been trapped for more than a month and may remain there until december. three separate drilling holes are being used to reach the miners. and, anderson, as your drilling correspondent, i should also tell you that the wife of one of the men trapped on the ground just had his third baby a couple of hours ago, which is good news, but i also want to make you bare in mind he missed the birth of his first child because he was watching football, the second child he was too squeamish to attend the delivery and now he's trapped underground, make of it what you will, and i think it's too much of a coincidence. >> he's got a good excuse this
time. >> i'm not buying it. back to a pretty exciting night of primary politics. tea party upset in delaware, christine o'donnell knocking off one of the biggest names in the state politics, mike castle. primary results from seven states and the district of columbia are coming in now. more key races for the tea party, more republicans threatened, in d.c. a mayoral race, big gop govern's race in new york. john king has the latest. john? >> anderson, this last big primary night of a dramatic midterm election year is giving us more drama and messages from the tea party to the republican establishment. let's go first to the headlining race in delaware, christine o'donnell, written off as a fringe long shot weeks ago, she is your republican nominee for senate in the state of delaware for the seat held for 36 years by the vice president, joe biden. she is the republican nominee
because she defeated the establishment republican candidate, let's look at numbers. mike castle, a nine-term house member, won statewide 12 times. tonight in a republican primary, he lost 47% to christine o'donnell's 53%. the big question now, can she win in november? democrats say no way. a lot of republicans doubt it. the general election starts tomorrow. let's move on to another race. kelly ayotte started out as the establishment favorite, ovide lamontagne, once the republican candidate for governor, she was the favorite, he is winning at the moment. another message to the establishment here perhaps, 42% for ovide lamontagne, 42% of the vote. 37% here. this one is not over yet, still big cities to come in, but a lot of conservatives say her support for sonia sotomayor for the supreme court could be a reason her conservative challenger is out pacing her. another race we're all watching, charlie rangel, he had
five challengers in his race, and remember this crowded field, one, two, three, four, five, could be a factor in the results. let's look at the early numbers, charlie rangel facing ethics charges in the house. 48% of the vote right now, his lead challenger, adam clayton powell iv, and we'll keep an eye on that, the 15th district. this could be another stunner. the new york republican primary for governor. the former congressman rick lazio, he was considered the favorite. the overwhelming favorite not that long ago. tea party candidate carl paladino, a republican developer. well, let's look at these numbers. you might guess agasp in new york. 67%, paladino, 33%, a very poor showing so far for rick lazio. anderson, this one has been holding up, and, wow, that would be another big message there, carl paladino running as the tea party candidate saying this is
an establishment republican. we'll watch that as it plays out. lastly the d.c. mayoral race, no results in this one. we're wondering where the votes are, adrian fenty running against the chairman of the city council vincent gray. gray's message, ma the mayor lost touch with the african-american community. can't tell you anything at the moment, we'd like for those numbers right there, and i'm being told we're ready to make a call in the new york republican govern's races, that right? we are ready to make this call, cnn now projecting a major upset, another majorup set tonight, carl paladino, cnn now projects he will be the republican nominee for govern, defeating the man who just weeks ago was thought to be the big favorite, rick lazio. carl paladino will now face the democratic attorney general, andrew cuomo in new york state,
mr. cuomo, the son of the former governor will be favored, but, wow. another upset, another message to the republican establishment. we've been talking for months about how this is a bad year for the democrats come november because of the history of the midterm election, what it has been so far for this primary season is a dramatic soul searching for the republican party. >> john king, we're going to continue checking in with you throughout this hour. let's bring back the panelists, david gergen, paul begala, erick erickson, recent author of "red state uprising," john ridley, and kate zernike, author of "boiling mad, inside tea party america." i got it right this time. >> you did. >> erick erickson, this is a stunning night in new york with paladino. >> it really is. and you know, democrat
grassroots tried to pick off some of the democratic incumbents, in arkansas, in colorado, in pennsylvania with arlen specter's switch, if you can count that one, and they weren't successful outside of the pennsylvania race. the republicans on the other hand, the grassroots, i don't think the republicans get it. i remember a cnn poll from about three months ago that showed republican voters dislike the republicans in washington more than independents dislike the republicans in washington, and they're in total denial about that. and this isn't going to do anything for them tonight. i'm already getting on e-mail, lots of e-mails from people saying republican leadership types are openly blaming jim demint for all of their problems. they should be blaming themselves. >> jim demint, why jim demint? >> jim demint endorsed o'donnell, endorsed lamontagne, he's basically endorsed everyone against the nrse and all the nrse's keep losing, which may be why o'donnell may be happy that the nrse isn't going to help her
given their track record. >> and now we go to jessica. >> reporter: i'm here with christine o'donnell who has been greeting supporters all night long. first of all, what message do you think your victory sends to you, you've called them establishment republican who's are cannibalizing the party. >> that we the people want our voice heard again. and you know it's not always about power, it's about principles and there's a lot of work to do to get our country back on track. and i think the voters are craving candidates who will stand for something. >> reporter: we've already been told this evening that the national republicans, the party organization that often funds campaigns like yours is not going to fund yours. and that many national republicans have said simply you cannot win in november. do you need their money? can you win without it? >> well, good. they don't have a winning track record. but, you know, of course there's a greater good here, and i would love their support, but they're the same so-called experts who
said i couldn't win the primary. if we just had that throw in the towel mentality every time there was a fight that needed to be fought, our country wouldn't be what it is. it wouldn't be what is worth defending. so there's a lot of visionaries and leader that's you've seen here in this room who believe we can win, and if they're too lazy to put in the effort that we need to win, then, so be it. we're going to win without them. i'd love their support, but we're going to win without them. >> reporter: i heard you say if your remarks, you bet you, a sarah palin line. what was her role tonight? >> she challenged the establishment before it was cool to challenge the establishment and she pioneered a trail for so many women out there. so we have to thank her and all the women serving in politics regardless of the party, because it's a man's world. but there are a lot of women who are holding their own and
blazing the trail for people like me. >> reporter: and finally you told me, you'd like secretary of state hillary clinton's endorsement because you admire her, would you still like her endorsement? >> of course. i haven't heard from her, but when she stepped out there, she took a beating, and i don't agree with hall of her policies but i agree with how she's -- you go, girl hillary. >> reporter: thank you for your time. >> reporter: thank you. >> we understand the castle campaign has not called to concede but they understand and they are pleased with their victory and he was gracious in remarks publicly. they've got a long road ahead of them still. >> i don't know if she's still there, does she expect mike castle will endorse her? >> reporter: may i ask you one more question? >> sure. >> reporter: do you expect mike castle will endorse you?
>> i hope so. but again, it'd be nice if we could bury the hatchet now, but if not, we can win. we can win with the support of the people. what we've seen, this whole election cycle is everyday americans rising up to take back their country, and that's the energy and momentum that i'm counting on to win the general election. thank you. >> reporter: anderson, so a lot of enthusiasm in the room. but they're going to need to do their work to raise money to take on the democrats who are feeling pumped tonight. they really do think they can written this one now. anderson? >> thanks for getting that interview. an exciting night obviously for her supporters, let's check in with our panel. paul, are democrats maybe, you know, sort of measuring the drapes on this too quickly? everyone, i heard bill maher earlier tonight on "larry king" saying he was rooting for her
because she's a nice person. >> there's always that risk, there's a great legend in the democratic party about how the officials in the carter white house used to run around saying we want to run against reagan. they wanted to run against reagan in the worst way and by golly they did. anybody in politics ought to step back and respect anybody who can win like that. and you know, the tea party acti vichts in a republican party have pulled off, at least by my count, eight, maybe nine, really impressive statewide victories against powerful, entrenched esstabbishment candidates. that's an impressive thing, but that's in republicans-only primaries which it's kind of a gated community there in the republican primaries. in general election, there's only two where tea party candidates were fully funded and lost both of them, in the 23rd district of new york state where no democrat had won in 152 years, bill owens beat doug hoffman because the republican candidate switched over and endorsed the democratic. in the pennsylvania 12th district which had been
democratic for a long time. jack murtha passed away, there was an incredible tea party candidate, barack obama's favorable was 35%, and yet the democrat won there too. it remains to see how powerful the tea party will be when it's not republicans only primary. >> some say they want the tea party candidates to win because they're on the fringe and we'll be able to win against them in a general election. are they just kind of overly optimistic on that one? >> i agree with paul, it remains to be seen. but i do disagree with one point about what paul said, and that is that if -- in massachusetts, scott brown won that election for the senate in part because he had so much support from the tea party. so i do think that there's going to be, now, a -- there are going to be some of these races where the tea party folks are, as candidates, are doing much better than anybody would have expected. you know, people wrote off in nevada, ms. angle out there against harry reid.
that's a very close race still. and so i don't think they should be written off. but i do think a big night for jim demint, big night for jim demint. and i do think there are very large questions now that are going to hang over us as -- after the elections, about how we govern the country, how decisions are reached in washington, whether you can reach bipartisan agreement, say, on the budget deficits in the next couple years. >> i want to say, david's right. i'm sorry i left scott brown out, that's probably the most important victory since barack obama and i can't believe i forgot it. >> up until today, the conversation was how badly are the democrats going to lose in the fall and now all of a sudden it's all about the republicans and the problems that they're having. it's not just here with the tea party but also with the tax issue and the bush tax cuts. you've got boehner and mitch mcconnell and the young guns all saying different things. it's really interesting that in about 24 hours the conversations really change. i don't think this is going to stop the democrats from losing but it does allow them to look at the races and maybe focus in places more easily because you
do have the republicans running around and having to deal with themselves rather than just the democrats. >> more with our panel, a reminder the panel is with us throughout this hour. the live chat is up and running. you can talk to viewers around the world watching right now around the united states as well to let us know what you think of tonight. from dover, delaware, to harlem, new york city. we'll check in on charlie rangel's race.
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a lot of upsets tonight, will new york's 15th congressional district be one of them? democratic congressman charlie rangel in the fight of his career facing an ethics investigation, no longer chairman of the powerful ways and means committee. tonight it's win or go home against adam clayton powell iv. congressman rangel, holding a substantial lead, about 2-1, only 19% of precincts counted. joe johns is at the headquarters right now. joe? >> reporter: hey, anderson. 20 terms, looking for his 21st term. a slightly surreal night, frankly. it's not a very large crowd at all, surprisingly, few people here waiting for what is expected by many to be a win for charlie rangel. not that surprising, of course, given the ethics allegations against him in washington, d.c.,
allegations of not filling out his financial disclosure forms properly, handling improperly donations for a center he was trying to build for public service in the city of new york. so, we're still going to have to wait quite a while because there's an issue of course with voting machines here in new york to get the final numbers. a lot of the institutional democratic party turning out for charlie rangel, including governor david paterson, the former mayor, david jenkins, some members of congress all expecting a victory for charlie rangel despite those issues. >> looks like he's obviously way ahead right now, 2-1. back with our panel, david gergen, paul begala, erick erickson, john ridley and kate zernike. it's not necessarily the best thing for the democratic party, it allows republicans to say democrats talked about draining
the swamp in washington and ending a culture of corruption, carly rangel is facing allegations and at this point they are just allegations, but 13 ethics violation charges. >> i think that's right. it looks like he's going to win. but there's no question that the republicans would like to have him around. they'd like to keep him out there. look, after tonight there's a very real chance the conversation is going to turn to, is there some sort of civil war going on in the right, within republicans, conservatives, that sort of thing. are we seeing something like the 1960s where the rise of barry goldwater seized power back from the establishment but went on to get a realdrubbing in the national election and from that built a conservative movement that became powerful but it took a while. republicans will not like that conversation much, they'll want part of the conversation to be about, hey, there are a lot of problems with these establishment democrats, and a mood when the country is
anti-establishment, anti-status quo, keep charlie rangel aground. that will be something the republicans like. >> as much as the energy is on the right this time as much as the enthusiasm gap favors the right, i think the anti-incumbent sentiment is also on the right. someone mentioned arkansas earlier, the anti-incumbency doesn't seem to be as strong on the right, but november 3rd, not the 2nd, which is election day. if these tea party candidates lose, the i think the republicans will say, conservative candidates can't win, we need to go back to the middle. >> david talked about the 1960s with goldwater. nixon framed himself as being the reasonable conservative. he was the guy that came after goldwater. the question is now is there going to be that conservative, that republican who comes along and says i'm the reasonable guy. i know erick said whether there are really mod written republicans or not, but people left or right, run on the
fringe, comes the general election, have you to move toward the middle. >> the party of reagan was more conservative than nixon. the party of bush more conservative than gingrich and now who knows, christine o'donnell and palin, way more conservative than the party of bush. >> it's the party of erickson. >> i think it's honorable but it's gone very, very far right. the republican party today would be unrecognize able to dwight eisenhower from a half century ago. >> that's true to a degree but the country moves around as well. what we're forgetting about and what every pundit tends to forget about is change, and it's hard to say this is what's going to happen on november 2nd, events change. there's a lot of time between now and november. i know political consultants look at calendar. i used to be one and say, there's not. but things that happen this year
will not be the same in two years. "time" magazine's headline called them an endangered species and they're about to take back the house. things change. >> things do change but it's the same republican party that will take back the house if they do. that's the question. they may come back. republican, the republicans used to be more like the democrats. these things shift. it's still basically a two-party system. >> david? >> yeah, i just wanted to say, i want to come back to this point about just after the election. if you're a republican incumbent coming to washington after the election, one of the clear messages out of this, these primaries is that if you work across the aisle and work with democrats, you do so at risk to your political life. because we've now seen several, you know, like bob bennett out in the west, or lisa murkowski, or now mike castle, they've been working with democrats to try to come up with bipartisan
solutions, so it seems to be the one clear message to republicans is, and to erick's point, if you are an establishment republican and work with the democrats you do so at great risk, given the discuss with the status quo we see among the tea party folks. >> i think there is something to do. i'll tell you, i was talking to a republican senator last week other than jim demint who said one of his frustrations with washington is that on this idea of big issues there has to be compromise and coming together and he is one of the conservative senators but there is a lot of frustration out there that it's not just on the republican side. my friend jane ham pshire has the frustration with democrats that will are issues where there are clear ideological lines where both sides the at grassroots level feel are worth fighting for, and they see guys to go to washington that don't fight, but compromise. sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, inevitably it grows government and some conservatives are upset about that.
>> you've worked in numerous withouts, both republican and democrat. isn't compromise key to accomplishing something? >> well, there are some issues on which things have rammed through with no republican votes, essentially, but coming back to one of the central issues for the next two years is how we're going to get ahold of this fiscal deficit. how we're going to get spending under control, how we're going to try to balance our books. there is no way we're going to get from here to some sort of solution to that without the two parties joining forces. there's simply not enough votes to do those things, whether it's reforming social security, doing home deductions, cutting defe e defense, all of those things require working across the aisles. if republicans come into the next year and democrats come in saying if you work with the other side, you're getting
punished in the next primary, you're out of here if do you that, that's going to make it very, very difficult. >> we've got to take a quick break. more of our panel coming up, also take a look at some of the tactics and ads candidates are using to try and win, especially in these last few weeks, including one candidate for mayor in rhode island who's trying to sing his way to victory. also tonight we'll take you live to the site of the emotional reunion to oman, late details on sarah shourd's release and the two other hikers, including her fiance, who are still being held. ♪ [ male announcer ] every business day, bank of america lends billions of dollars, to individuals, institutions, schools, organizations and businesses. ♪ working to set opportunity in motion. bank of america.
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this year saw some memorable ads, forgettable ads, maybe ads you'd like to forget but can't, founding fathers telling voters to lock and load, creepy man-sheep hybrids and more. there were always attack ad, late shots, often cheap shots at the opposition. tomb fo tom foreman has the latest install the of "political theater." >> reporter: many front running candidates have been so convinced of victory that they've used the primaries to get a hard running start at the general election. look at wisconsin, where we
swing up there to find two men who want to be governor and they are slugging it out. look at this ad by republican scott walker. >> i want to get government out of the way so employers can create more good-paying jobs right here in wisconsin. i'm scott walker and i took on the political machine in milwaukee and i'm ready to go the distance as your next governor. >> reporter: now, those boxing gloves might strike some voters as a tad insensitive, considering that a year ago democratic contender tom barrett, the mayor was savagely beaten while rescuing a woman from an attack. look at his ad. >> there's people with a kind of character who don't think about circumstances, about what might happen to them, they just respond. and i don't think he ever thought about it. i know, and our kids know that their dad will always stand up for them. and he will always stand up for wisconsin. >> no doubt some of his
opponents probably say that ad is a bit op pour opportunistic. >> ysome say this race could be tight, but speaking of opportunistic, nothing can top this for mayor of providence. his name is chris young, you may remember him as the guy who proposed to a woman during a debate. but check out his appearance on a local tv show in that providence, rhode island, mayoral race. >> i want to say that i write songs for fun, and i can play a song for you really quick, and. i wanted to have my guitar but they wouldn't let me have it. ♪ i'll sing it for you. ♪ to the rich man who stands in his house high upon the hill ♪
♪ the chains that bind you, if flames surround you for ♪ ♪ the price you have received >> this went on for two minutes. this guy's singing along with his cell phone, and at the end he wanted to bring a guitar player in to do it all over again, anderson, but the host voted no on that, and we should note that the voters also went with the nonproposing, nonsinging with the cell phone ticket and chose angel tevaris. >> they punished him for his creativity. >> reporter: some people don't appreciate art. >> that's right. john king will have the latest on the upsets and we'll get back to our panel as well. we're also following other important stories, including iran's decision to release one of the american hikers. why was she, and not the other two let go?
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we are ready to call another race, let's go to john king. john? >> democrat carly rangel has overcome ethics allegations at least for now and won his primary in the new york city, 15th congressional district, cnn projecting charlie rangel will within the democratic primary. he's seeking a 21st term in
congress, so for all intents and purposes, this should mean charlie rangel will win re-election to the house tonight. 60% of the vote in, charlie rangel getting 53%. his closest challenger, five in all, his closest, adam clayton powell iv at 25%. so charlie rangel surviving for now in harlem. he will be the democratic nominee, the overwhelming favored now to win re-election. we should note he still faces ethics allegations, but if he had to worry about that in the primary, not anymore. we project he will be the democratic nominee. >> we'll check in on new hampshire in a little bit. overseas now, a young american woman stepped off a plain in oman today and, quote, i've been waiting for this moment for a really long time," her name is sarah shourd, one of three american hikers detained for over a year now. they say they were hiking when they allegedly strayed into iranian territory. iran accused them of spying.
nic robertson is in oman tonight. nic, she flew today to -- from iran to oman. iranian media say she was released on bail because of her medical condition. what kind of shape was she when she arrived? >> reporter: she seemed tired and quite emotional, but huge hugs and kisses with her mother and uncle on the tarmac after she got off the 2 1/2 hour flight, her mother pulled her scarf over her hair, but walking arm in arm, mother clearly relieved, she had a lot to say when she met the press here in oman saying she wanted to thank the sultan of oman and thank many other people, including the president of iran. >> i want to really offer my
thanks to everyone in the world, all of the governments, all of the people that have been involved and especially particularly want to address president ahmadinejad and all of the iranian officials that -- religious leaders, and thank them for this humanitarian gesture. i'm grateful and very humbled by this moment. >> she -- there was bail posted at $500,000 in order to get her released. do we know how that happened without violating u.s. sanctions against iran? who paid the bail? >> reporter: well, it sounds as if you listen to iranians it sounds as if bail was paid half a million, state department said they didn't pay it, not really clear the family could have raised that money, and that appears why oman played such a significant role, they seemed to be the middle man in all of this, the money being transferred from a bank here, it
appears oman is saying, at least senior u.s. government officials saying the omanis did play a significant role. basically the middle man. exactly were the money came from, that's not clear. >> those pictures of her being reunited with her mom, it's just so incredibly sad and sort of touching to see them reunited after this long time, to think her fiance is still in jail in iran with her other friend. is she expected to go back to face trial at some point? >> reporter: normally when people have paid bail before, journalists that have been in iranian jail paid bail before, the money's paid, they never go back. and that appears to be the situation here. this is almost, if you like, sort of get out of jail money. her fiance, though, her other male friend, still in jail. iranians say they'll face charges and she's making it very clear that right now all she's going to put all her effort and
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let's bring you up to the minute right now on all the political upsets we've seen and some we haven't seen yet. john king's got the latest. >> the primary season with more stunning upsets. evidence that the tea party is senning a message to their party. delaware, we now know christine o'donnell will be the republican senate nominee for the state of delaware. the seat held for 36 years by vice president joe biden, she is the nominee because she defeated in resounding fashion, the establishment republican candidate. mike castle, 47% for mike
castle, despite 12 victories prior in statewide elections. christine o'donnell, 53%. the question will be will the establishment republican party gather around her, but stunning upset tonight. new hampshire, kelly ayotte, former state attorney general, she was the favorite coming in. ovide lamontagne, a conservative activist, once the candidate for govern, unsuccessful in that case, and now we see mr. lamontagne has held the lead throughout the night. 41% to 38% for kelly ayotte. several other conservatives in that race. 30% of the vote counted. they're counting slowly tonight in new hampshire, lamontagne holding his leads but the numbers have closed just a bit. we need to keep watching in. new york governor, carl paladino, the tea party candidate, will be the nominee for governor. he beat the establishment
republican candidate rick lazio. let's break down the numbers here. carl paladino winning over rick lazio. the numbers are mixed up, but we know mr. paladino is mixed up in the state of the percentages are obviously a mistake in the graphic. mr. paladino is winning that race, going up against the attorney general, andrew cuomo. charlie rangel, cnn now projects, will be the winner in the democratic primary in the 15th congressional district. he has represented that district for 20 terms, that's 40 years in the house of representatives. he is now the runaway favorite despite ethics allegations against him. and one more we're waiting for tonight, the d.c. mayor's race, first the candidates, adrian fenty, the democratic incumbent running against democratic vincent gray, chairman of the city council. a few other democrats in the primary tonight as well. let's break down the early numbers as we see this one coming in. mr. gray at the moment, nearly
60% of the vote, 59% to 29%. we caution you, 13% of the vote in here. the late polls did show vincent gray running against the incumbent adrian fenty, dissatisfaction in the african-american community, education reform a big issue in this race. only 13%, though, we need to keep counting in the district of columbia. we only have two minutes so, very quick thoughts from each of you. david gergen? >> big anti-establishment night. talk about d.c., a race of national significance. the mayor is going down there and looks like he's going down there big, appointed michelle rhee, trying to overhaul the d.c. schools. she's been fighting against a lot of different forces there. the mayor goes down tonight, it emperilers the most important school reforms in the country. that is big news in the education reform community. >> paul? >> picking up on that, if you're interested in that issue, watch "waiting for superman."
the guy who made an inconvenient truth, powerful case for school reform. but for me the story of the night is good news for conservatives, bad news for republicans. so on the net, this is actually a pretty good night for the democrats. >> paul begala smiling after this night. erick? >> in november, the national republican senatorial committee will try to take credit for senate gains, but if they get them, it will be in spite of them. yet again the national really senatorial committee has been smacked down by the tea party, these people are totally detached from what's going on within their own grassroots, and it may come back to haunt them in november if they're not careful. >> strange night when both paul begala and erick eric son both smiling. >> that's the d.c. mayor election is the one we'll talk about least but it may have the most far-reaching consequences. interestingly, if fenty lost the black vote he was trying to save the schools and it is going to be something to watch in the future. >> i think paul is right the
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education cob contributor steve perry is in a film that focuses on a lottery that thousands of families in harlem have every year. the prize can literally be life saving. it's "perry's principles" report shows why. >> reporter: for eric and shawn in a to get their son into a high-performing charter school, they have to win a lottery. literally. >> that was nice. now let's do our words. >> reporter: this documentary explores the emotional process parents go through to get their children into a strong school. most live in areas with underperforming schools approximate the final step is a massive lottery drawing. >> welcome. >> reporter: a few hundred children are randomly selected
out of thousands to win seats in the most sought-after schools. what did you see with people sitting next to you? what was going on with them? >> seeing some tears, we were praying, you know, and you just are seeing an ancy feeling, people were sitting on the edge, waiting and hoping. >> you're looking at, it symbolizes hope. it symbolizes great opportunities. >> barack obama has those black shoes, shiny shoes. >> does he? >> reporter: lori brown goodwin is raising her son gregory alone. her husband is in prison. unhappy with her zone school, she entered a dozen lotteries. >> what it meant to me to get a decent school, i just want to give my son a fair education. i kept saying if i put him in a local school up the block, even though i know it's okay, i'm like, am i throwing him into a failing situation. >> reporter: filmmaker madeleine
sackler wanted to highlight the school choice. >> we had it described like a horror movie. the parents wake up and know they're walking into a nightmare. their chances at that particular lottery was one in seven. they go because they're just dying for something better. >> reporter: that something better is a charter school. a public school funded by tax dollars but run independently. they're governed by performance contracts that require proven academic success. they often have longer school days and in harlem, no shortage of critics. even if the charter school posts impressive results. >> the school in the film, about 95% of the kids are grade level. in harlem over all which is where the school is located it's 56%. for the school in the film, it's one of the highest-performing schools in new york and the most protested. >> reporter: finally, off the
waiting list, gregory attends a charter school. his mom says it's working. >> you can see the difference in him. i see it